Ending Your Internship with a Bang!

The end of the internship doesn’t mean the end of the relationship with your boss and coworkers, as long as you end it right. The whole point of doing an internship is to help you gain experience that can help you launch your career. With that in mind, you should evaluate the overall experience to determine how you can maximize your available opportunities. Here's how to do it!
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The end of your internship is arguably even more important than the beginning of your internship – you want to manage a graceful exit, make the most of what you’ve learnt and the contacts you made, as well as position yourself to land that post-grad gig with the company.

So how do you go about accomplishing all that? Here are four things you can do to ensure you milk the most out of your internship in the long run, even beyond your last day.

Reflect On Your Accomplishments and What You’ve Learnt

If you had to summarise your most significant learnings and accomplishments during your internship into a statement, what would that be? This information is crucial for both your self-awareness and future job applications.

Think about your milestones and what you have done throughout your internship. Write them down in detail before your internship ends so you can still check with your co-workers or fellow interns if there is anything that slipped your mind. Here are some pointers to help you:

  • What you worked on
  • Who you worked with
  • Training received
  • Skills learnt

Also, aim to make your descriptions as detailed as possible by including names of people, projects, products, cases, or training courses – whichever is applicable – and any relevant numbers, as they will help you to make your achievements and experience quantifiable in the resume.

E.g. You can document that you worked in a team of six or increased sales by 15 per cent. 

Detailed descriptions are as useful as concrete examples and they often make you more believable and persuasive in future job applications. Also, don’t forget to take note of any feedback or praise received as they earn brownie points for your future job applications.

Update Your CV and LinkedIn Profile

After taking down what you have done and achieved during your internship, it's time to make things official by updating your CV and LinkedIn profile. Try to do this while everything is still fresh in your mind so you can accurately transfer your notes.

When updating your LinkedIn profile, make your updates public so that you can increase your visibility online, making recruiters on LinkedIn aware of your experience.

Confirm Your Internship Employer as a Referee

Most job applications require applicants to share details of their referees and they have to be contactable. So in the midst of your internship, do not
forget to check if your employer is willing to provide a reference for you when you apply to future jobs.

You can confirm with your supervisor if you can add them to your CV as a referee along with their contact details. To be safe, you can also ask for a letter of recommendation or if they can leave a recommendation for you on your LinkedIn profile. However, do request in advance as they need to find time to write it. 

Keep in Touch

Before you leave, think about who you would want to stay in touch with – they may be colleagues who have helped you, or might be willing to do so in the future. Ask them if they would like to stay in contact. If they are, you can exchange email addresses or connect via LinkedIn.

You might be busy with job-hunting or school right after your internship, so to make things easier, create an email list of the people you requested to stay in touch with. Make an effort to check in on them from time to time as it shows your sincerity.